Pitch, not putt, put Janzen on course

GOLF

July 02, 1993|By GEORGE TAYLOR

Contrary to rumors, Lee Janzen, the newly crowned U.S. Open champion, does not owe all of his success to an early upbringing in Westminster. Truth of the matter is that Janzen was only 7 years old and in second grade at a Westminster elementary school when he arrived.

The closest he came to earning his golf spikes at that time was when his brother, David, a student at Western Maryland College, allowed Lee to take a few swings while following him on the college course.

His mother said Lee, as a youth, was more interested in baseball than golf. As a Little Leaguer, he pitched and played shortstop. It was not until the Janzens moved to Florida that Lee gave any serious thought to golf.

As a youngster, Lee's big concern was the Baltimore Orioles. The Janzens moved from the Midwest to Westminster when Lee's father was transferred by his employer. The family lived in Westminster for five years. Lee's mother recalled that it was traumatic for him to leave Westminster. The move came during Christmas week and young Janzen was upset about leaving friends in his neighborhood.

Lee has continued to follow the Orioles. Shortly after winning the U.S. Open, he accepted an invitation to attend an Orioles game at Camden Yards. He even accepted a chance to take batting practice with the team. One of his closest friends is pitcher Mark Williamson.

Janzen, 28, had no problems establishing himself on the tour. It took him a short time to become a millionaire. Still, it wasn't until he won a thrilling head-to-head battle with Payne Stewart at Baltusrol that he clinched his first major title.

Wakefield

A record field turned out for the club's parent-child tournament. Top honors in the gross division went to Dave and Dick Bittner, scoring 73. Second went to Bob and Bobby Blubaugh (77). Low net leaders included George and Gus White (66), Al and Bob Kirkner (67) and Jeff and Ryan Kimble (70).

Those leading the Calloway division were Shawn and Nick Connelly (72), J. R. and Jerry Dill (73), Michael Myers Sr. and Jr. (73) and Jim and Mike McFarland (74). The nine-hole players were led by John and Steve Wah (47), Bryan and Gerry Eckenrode (49), Tom and Dale Fletcher (50), Christian and Craig Jennings (52) and Adam and Mackie Pajak (56).

Piney Branch

Winners of the husband-wife championship were Pres and Kim Wilhelm (59), Denny and Ann Maguire (62), Nancy and Carroll Gailey (76) and Mark and Sheila Bertoldi (78). Doug Priddy won the left-handed title (82). Net winners were Carroll George (64) and Bryan Schroers (68).

Oakmont Green

The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department's second annual golf tournament will be at Oakmont Green on July 30. The event, which has a $50 fee, includes a continental breakfast at 7 a.m., a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

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